Unstopabowls in top form

There was just one day of league bowls last weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Club and it was played on a very cold Saturday afternoon, but they did manage to avoid the hail showers that were close by.

Unstopabowls were the biggest benefactors, winning both outings and recording the season’s 10th maximum as they moved onto equal points as second placed Seven-Up.

Louie’s Angels were their first opponents, but even though they fought hard to reach 104, they couldn’t prevent Unstopabowls from scoring a full-house.

Also having to cope with the cold conditions were Castletown Cannons and Parkers and it was the latter who came out on top, although Cannons did have the consolation of winning their first doubles game of the campaign.

Next up the southerners struggled to a below average score of 89 against an Angels outfit who showed some of their true form and just missed out on that elusive maximum, however they did enough to move up one position ahead of Outsiders.

Match details from the Parkers against Unstopabowls fixture were as follows: Mike Thomas 21, Glynn Hargraves 18; Graham Atkinson 9, Elaine Moore 21; Bernie McPhee 21, Steve Waters 14; Terry Moore 7, Alan Moore 21; Paul Bailey 16, Stefan Kelly 21; Colin Spence and Brain Woodall 18, Kim Hargraves and Glenn Boland 21. Parkers 92 (2), Unstopabowls 116 (4).

Others results for Saturday, November 19: Castletown Cannons 93 (1), Parkers 118 (5); Unstopabowls 126 (6) Louie’s Angels 104 (0); Louie’s Angels 124 (5), Castletown Cannons 89 (1).

With all teams having played at least eight fixtures we can take a look at how each of them is doing in the doubles games which have been introduced for the first time this year.

No surprise in that the leading four are also top of the pairs table, with Seven-Up out in front with eight wins from ten, they are followed on seven by Mooragh Lakers, Unstopabowls and Louie’s Angels.

Next come Erin Porters with six, followed by Parkers who have won five and lost five; whereas Outsiders and Bowl Rollers are level on four wins from eight played. Also on four are Bits n Bobs, but from 10 games.

Not yet coming to terms with the new set-up are the Castletown outfits, with both on one win apiece, Corkers from eight and Cannons having played 10.

On an individual front there are now just three players who are undefeated in the chase for the Derek Killey memorial trophy, and they are Rob Monk and Jenny Moore (both Mooragh Lakers) on 10 wins, and Tony Dugdale (Outsiders) who has won eight.

Wins don’t necessarily matter in the end for this contest as it is decided from points scored, so just three behind are Jordan Cain (Seven-Up) and Glynn Hargraves (Unstopabowls).

A couple of round robin sessions took place either side of the league fixtures, the midweek event attracting an entry of 35 split into two groups.

The threesome of Mike Skelly, Alan Phair and James Teare were winners ahead of Doug Allan, Bernard Thackrah and Alec Taylor, with third going to Rita Callister, Graham Ogden and Vicky Lloyd-West.

The remaining players took part in a doubles gang with the successful pair being Ken Clarke and Philippa Taylor; second went to Lil Smith and Julie Reilly, and in third it was Derek Clarke and Margie Tasker.

Sunday’s participants had a similar format albeit with a slightly smaller entry and winning the triples were Carol Kaye, Derek Cadamy and Julie Reilly who just pipped Steve Crampton, Shirley Fargher and Stefan Kelly.

Rita Callister and Steve Moore won the doubles section, with the runners-up spot going to Janet Monk and Margie Tasker.